Nothing so easy should taste this good but they do!
YEARS ago, when our girls were in high school I started baking what I called “idiot cookies” when I was in a rush (thanks to Peg Bracken’s naughty influence in her “I Hate to Cook” cookbook.) I know it’s completely politically incorrect today, but that was then and this is now. (It was the naughty 90’s.) Raise your hand if you’re still in a rush! I mean who isn’t?
One cold November night I remembered my old trick and wrote about it here. https://gbskitchen.com/four-ingredient-desperation-cookie-recipe/ It’s been pinned more than almost anything else I’ve shared and that tells me we all live in a fast forward state of constant hurry.
Desperation cookies are awesome and I’ve made dozens and dozens to share at our grandkids’ ball games, potlucks and family meals but then came the night I was sooo done dealing that even “idiot cookies” were too much for me to face.
I was too freaking lazy to roll the dough into 36 balls! So I just patted it in a pan instead!
And it worked because you know why!? Remember Toll House Bars? Of course you do because they’re amazing! The first time I tried it wasn’t with a lemon cake, it was a yellow cake with mini chocolate chips and when they turned out great I was off and running!
Whatever cake mix/chip combo you choose, the method is the same.
Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil.
Stir it up and add chips.
Pat in pan and bake.
But THEN! Along came the lemon bars!
We all love lemon desserts so this was a no-brainer! Of all the variations I’ve tried this is the only one I glaze because they just cried out for a bit more tang! You can skip the glaze, it’s up to you! They’re delicious either way!
Busy Day Lemon Bars
one bowl, one spoon tangy lemon bar
- 1 box lemon cake mix (do not use one with pudding in mix)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup white baking chips
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon extract
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Combine oil, eggs and cake mix in bowl and mix well with a spoon
Stir in chips
Pat in sprayed 11.5" x 8" baking pan (Can use a 9" x 9" pan)
Bake at 350 degree 12-15 minutes until set and lightly browned
Combine powdered sugar, lemon extract, and lemon juice in small bowl and blend well with whisk
Drizzle glaze over cooled bars and cut in small squares to serve
Don’t stop experimenting! Here are just a few combinations to try!
*Yellow cake mix + toffee bits! Grandson’s buddy Brandt’s favorite!
*Yellow cake mix + cinnamon chips and cinnamon sugar on top! Busy day Snickerdoodle Bars!
*Spice cake mix + butterscotch or caramel chips!
*Chocolate cake mix + peppermint bits or peanut butter chips!
*Lemon cake mix + cherry chips!
*Strawberry cake mix + white chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips!
Let your imagination run wild! After all, has there ever been a BAD bar cookie??
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